2008 BMW M3 Coupe Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2008 BMW M3 - Road Test Specs

2008 BMW M3 Coupe

(4.0L V8 6-speed Manual)


Model year2008
Style2dr Coupe
Base MSRP$57,275
As-tested MSRP$65,700


Drive typeRear-wheel drive
Engine typeV8
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,999cc/244 cu-in
Block/head materialAluminum/Aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)12:1
Redline (rpm)8,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)414 @ 8,300
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)295 @ 3,900
Transmission type6-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)4.055 (I), 2.396 (II), 1.582 (III), 1.192 (IV), 1.000 (V), 0.872 (VI), 3.85 (F)


Suspension, frontMacPherson Struts
Suspension, rearMulti Link
Steering typeRack-and-pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)12.5
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelPilot Sport
Tire typeSummer
Tire size, front245/35ZR19 93Y
Tire size, rear265/35ZR19 98Y
Wheel size19 x 8.5-inch front, 19 x 9.5-inch rear
Wheel materialforged aluminum
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)4.6
0-75 mph (sec.)6.4
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.71 @ 112.06
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)25
60-0 mph (ft.)100
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)73.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.95
Sound level @ idle (dB)50.6
@ Full throttle (dB)82.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsOptimal launch rpm was between 3,500 and 4,000. Minimal wheelspin generated the quickest times. First gear goes by so quick it's easy to hit the rev limiter. Tachometer feels like it lags behind the engine at times. Transmission is never an issue. You can shift quick and with full force without a problem.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsShortest 60-0-mph distance we've ever measured. Power is immediate and the overall feel is very intuitive. You don't have to push the pedal very far before you get full power. This makes it good for aggressive braking, but more subtle threshold braking can be difficult.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsOne of the fastest production cars we've tested through the slalom. Very easy to maintain control at the limit. Steering delivers excellent feel and response for the inputs given. The ratio, assist and feedback are all spot-on. Easy to maintain control on the skid pad once oversteer is induced. One notable exception is the activation of the electronic differntial as it can kick in abruptly if you're not used to controlling an oversteer situation.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)74.3
Wind (mph, direction)0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 city/20 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)16.6

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,704
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,590
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)50.8/49.2
Length (in.)181.8
Width (in.)71.0
Height (in.)55.8
Wheelbase (in.)108.7
Track, front (in.)60.6
Track, rear (in.)60.6
Turning circle (ft.)38.4
Legroom, front (in.)41.8
Legroom, rear (in.)33.7
Headroom, front (in.)38.4
Headroom, rear (in.)36.8
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.1


Bumper-to-bumperNot Available
PowertrainNot Available
CorrosionNot Available
Roadside assistanceNot Available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot Available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsNot Available
Head airbagsNot Available
Knee airbagsNot Available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsbraking assist
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemNot Available
Emergency assistance systemNot Available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot Available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot Available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot Available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot Available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot Available

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